Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Bar is Open!

We have been having 3 days of rain due to tropical storm Lee so I kept myself busy indoors.

We have a little bar accessible from the kitchen with a pass through window to the family room.
We have not been using it except when we run out of ice in the frig, just to get ice from the automatic icemaker.

Since I have an over abundance of tableware and glasses, the bar counter had become a dumping ground and storage for them.

So this was "Before"

I cleared the counter a little and this is "Now".

Even the sink looked disgusting. It's not dirt, it's just tarnished.

I polished the sink and it looks much better now.

A Kahlua bottle and an old South wine with a jar of corks, sit on the left side.

I used to have a double globed hobnail lamp here but it was really too big for the space so I replaced it with this single globed lamp. I moved the other one into the guest room.

The pass through window from the family room.

Sorry I had to block the window but I could not find any other place to put our 2 ancient Chinese wedding chairs from the Qing Dynasty.

I keep a turtle night light there and I just leave it on all the time.

This was another "before".

Notice the many dishes on the kitchen counter back there? That's another story. We had a flood in the back hallway leading to the bedrooms, which damaged the floors and they have to be replaced so I had to empty the bookshelves there, the top of which was full of bowls and cake trays. So I moved them temporarily to the kitchen counter.

And this is "now"!

A Quimper barrel bar set and it has a blue frame.

Under the counter cabinet is not even big enough to fit all our glasses and stemware.

An automatic icemaker under the counter.

I think this little room is able to breath much better now, lol. I had a crystal decanter set on the counter top before too and I decided to sell it in my booth. Ihope you enjoyed the short bar tour.

I am linking with Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at

Sally's Blue Monday at

Mary's Masterpieces Monday at

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at

Thanks for coming and thanks for hosting!


Loretta said...

Yes, I did! It is very nice. I love the glassware. Thanks for the tour. Hugs! Loretta

Lynn said...

I will be right over.

LV said...

You have such a lovely home. Lots of beautiful things to enjoy and polish now and then.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Christine, your bar is so nice! I really like the Quimper barrel set. It is so nice! I am sorry to hear about your flood. I have been watching it rain all day, too, and it will rain through Wednesday morning. We need it in most of Alabama due to drought.

Great post!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! What a beautiful bar area! The sink is pretty even if it's tarnished! You do have the most beautiful things!
Be a sweetie and have a wonderful holiday!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Your bar is very beautiful, just like the rest of your home!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Looks great! I love the barrel set...very unique :)
Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend

Beth said...

Christine, I enjoyed my tour of your bar area. It's beautiful! We have a similar wine rack in our kitchen. So sorry about the flooding you experienced. Hope the rain you received from Lee was not excessive and that you don't get any damage.
Blessings, Beth

Pat said...

Looks beautiful, Christine!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow.. you have all the right stuff:)
Christine I need that bar sign:) really bad...

SavannahGranny said...

Love the barrel set. I am so glad you made use of this great space. Isn't it neat when you find great space that you were overlooking. It looks fab and I know you will enjoy making use of this space. Hugs, Ginger

All That Glitters said...

You have so many gorgeous items! I hope you are doing well!!


Donnie said...

That looks like a very pretty and useful area. You did a great job.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, your bar is beautiful. I loved seeing all those beautiful glasses. You have such lovely things. It is set up now so beautifully. Great little sink too. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Christine, your bar is so warm and comforting! Looks like a great place to be! I love getting a space cleaned up and organized!


Oh, sweetie, I love your little bar, it's perfect for serving liquor for a party, we have one too, but it's a large wooden counter like, my hubby loves to be in back of it! I love the sink, it's great, everything is...but the Dinasty chairs are FABULOUS, FANTASTIC AND TERRIFIC...I love them, exceptional! you know I love exceptional chairs and this ones are gorgeous! Have a agreat week my friend. FABBY

lusks said...

What a beautiful area, how do you keep your glassware so sparkling. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful!!!

♥ Braja said...

Love the blue tint to the night in the 2nd pic

Clavel said...

wow! if i have a bar that looks like that? I will no longer go out and look for a bar to hang out with my friends...visit my mym entry pls. tnx!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great bar area, Christine! I had always wanted a butler's pantry so that I could set something like this up. You've got some great glassware, too.

Jojo said...

That Quimperware barrel is adorable! I love your bar! I don't have one in the house I live in but I would love to have one especially like yours. Have a great week!

SmilingSally said...

Good job, Christine. I like that turtle night light.

Happy Blue Monday!

mississippi artist said...

Sorry about your flood-my basement is flooded right now-what a mess to clean up!I like the Quimper set.

Diann said...

What a nice little bar area! You have some beautiful glassware and I love the Quimper set.

Lana K. W. Austin said...

You have been BUSY!!! Everything looks wonderful!!! What a truly awesome bar space!!! And I love all of your glasses/dishes/the antique chairs/the lamp/the barrel that you shared also--they each have amazing detail/history!

I am SO THANKFUL that you visited my little ETSY shop and came away with one of my favorite things--the carved panels. Of course, I am quite fond of all the vintage linens, too :)

THANK YOU!!!! They are somewhere over the Atlantic, or, rather, floating on top of it in the boat shipment of our things.

We'll be home in less than 2 wks and hopefully it will be there, too, and after 1 day of jet lag recovery (I'm OLD!) I'll quick and jiffy get those two things in the mail to you. I will, of course, include a tiny little extra something to surprise you, too!!!

I have a WHOLE story to tell you about the purchase of those panels--a true "Italian" experience!!!


Tomarie said...

Hi Christine!
Thought I'd do a little blog hopping! Love your beautiful before and after....and especially love that sink!! I've always loved how you use such warm colors throughout your house!
Love ya! L~

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a nice bar area. Your house and collectible items are always so beautiful.

chubskulit said...

I love those glasses!

HHL said...

Christine, your bar area is wonderful and you have such beautiful pieces, thanks for sharing these with us!! Those chairs are gorgeous!!! xo HHL

Sandy said...

Christine, looks wonderful. You have so many beautiful things and a great eye for displaying them. That's a really wondeful space, great when entertaining.

Kathleen said...

I usually don't go to bars, as I don't drink. But I will make an exception for you! :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is wonderful! The Quimper barrel set is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Darn! Did I miss the party? I'll take one of each of whatever your serving then to catch up. LOL! Just kidding! You have quite a beautiful collection there and I love the multicolored glasses!

Kim, USA said...

These is so neat bar. Can I have martini please? ^)^

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Ellen said...

What a lovely bar indeed. The barrel is just perfect, as well as everything else. Sorry to hear about your flood, water sure can make a mess of everything. I enjoyed visiting your "open bar".

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Christine, your redo is great. I love the pretty and colorful glassware. The bar must be certainly do have it organized!

Hugs, Barb

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Christine, I like the after, it shows off the bar so much more. I'm sure you're still trying to get things taken care of from all the water damage. I hope it's coming along ok... hope the last storm is leaving you all alone.
hugs ~lynne~

Poppy said...

Hi Christine, your bar vignette is beautiful and such gorgeous crystal collection. the Quimper barrel bar set is so delightful... your beautiful collection amazes me every time. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us. Have a nice evening!~Poppy

Richard Cottrell said...

You are the queen. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Babs said...

Great bar and so many nice things to entertain with. So nice to have an area for drinks instead of the drinks tray which we have. LOL Thanks for sharing.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Christine, have I seen that Quimper barrel bar set before? I am so in love with that! your bar looks great. I may have to go clean some of our bar cabinets out, so I'll have more china and crystal storage. laurie

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